Renowned Leicestershire psychiatrist joins NHS Trust Board

Professor James Lindesay from University of Leicester appointed as non-executive director

Issued by Leicestershire Partnership Trust on 30 May 2013

The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has today confirmed the appointment of psychiatrist Professor James Lindesay as a non-executive director of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and renewed the appointment of director Christopher Burns.

Professor Lindesay, emeritus professor of psychiatry for the elderly at the University of Leicester, worked as an old age psychiatrist in Leicestershire from 1991 until his retirement from clinical practice earlier this year.  He was director of the Leicester Memory Clinic, and took a special interest in cognitive impairment and dementia in working-age adults.  He is chair of the Trent Dementia Services Development Centre, and continues to support clinical research activities in Leicester and elsewhere.

In 2012, the Trust provided care for 212,000 people and is one of only a small number of integrated healthcare Trusts in the country offering a wide range of community, mental health and learning disability services, employing 5,500 people. It provides care at community hospitals in Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, Rutland, Lutterworth, Market Harborough, Coalville, Ashby and Loughborough, as well as in Leicester and in GP surgeries and in people’s homes. The Trust also provides acute adult mental health services at the Bradgate Unit, adult learning disability services and families, young people and children’s services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

LPT Chair Professor David Chiddick said: “I am delighted to welcome James to our Board, his specialism and insight gives the Trust additional international level expertise, particularly in the area of elderly care, which is a real challenge across the country, as well as here in the local area, and is something our Trust is particularly passionate about.

“It is also very good news that Chris is to stay with us for another three years, he is well known across the Trust and his knowledge and experience of our business will be invaluable over the coming years.”

Professor Lindesay said: “Having worked for this Trust for many years, and having contributed to the development of some of its services, I look forward to being able to continue my support in this new capacity.”

Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by the NHS TDA are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Professor Lindesay has been appointed from 9 May 2013 until 8 May 2017 and Chris Burns reappointed from 3 June 2013 until 2 June 2017 both are entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,096 per annum.


Notes for Editors

1. For further information, please contact Stuart Baird, lead for communication, 0116 295 0802 for info on the TDA please contact Steve Gladwin on 0207 932 1967 /

2. An independent organisation, the NHS TDA will work closely with other important national bodies such as NHS England, the Care Quality Commission and Monitor, to help to ensure they play an important role in providing broader health system leadership to deliver sustainable, high quality care.

3. The NHS TDA brings together a number of functions previously carried out within the Department of Health, Strategic Health Authorities and by the Appointments Commission. It has the core objective of supporting NHS trusts and ensuring that services to patients are of the highest possible quality, including:

  • assurance of clinical quality, governance and risk in NHS trusts;
  • appointments to NHS trusts e.g. of chairs and non-executive members and trustees for NHS charities where the Secretary of State has a power to appoint
  • performance management of NHS trusts;
  • management of the FT pipeline.

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